September 21, 2017 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
The Curtis Ballroom at The Landmark
5345 Landmark Pl
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Our thoughts are with our colleagues who were affected by the recent natural disasters in Houston and Florida. At our September luncheon, we are collecting cash donations for Members of the MPI Houston and Florida Chapters who were directly impacted by the disasters.

Curtis Ballroom
at the Landmark
Comedy Works South
5345 Landmark Place
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

11:00am – 11:30am: Member Orientation
11:30am – 12:00pm: Registration and Networking
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Luncheon and Education

Session overview How Did You Get Here? “How Did You Get Here?” is a question most meeting planners & suppliers are interested in learning about their peers in our wonderful industry. This kick-off luncheon for the 2017/2018 season is inspired by ‘TED Talks” – 5 local speakers take us on this journey through their passion, personal growth, leadership, culture, and polite persistence. Learn what makes these people tick, how they persevere when taking risks, and how they make their own path a life-long experience through the opportunities that have come across.

Learning Objective

  1. Do what you Love with the thought that life is Always an Adventure
  2. Sit in the Front on the Roller-coaster and see how effective leaders are able to take charge & balance risks by being proactive
  3. What is it that makes you Tick and who are you, keeping in mind that it is all about culture, knowledge, involvement & fun
  4. Create space at work using steps, tools and philosophies to enable you to take advantage of personal growth opportunities
  5. How to be politely persistent, how it works and how to be hospitable in hospitality.

CMP_PPP-PreCheck_27x25The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Events Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Professionalism, 1 CE


Steve Kinsley, President of Kinsley Meetings With over thirty years in the hospitality and meetings industry, Steve began his career in Vail, Colorado as a bellman and front office clerk. He has worked in most areas of hotel operations, food and beverage, and sales and marketing. His career has taken him to such diverse properties as the Broadmoor, the Westin St. Francis, The Hotel Triton in San Francisco, Keystone Resort & Conference Center and The Hotel Teatro in Denver. In 1999 he joined his wife, Allison, in their meeting and convention planning firm, Kinsley Meetings.

Steve currently serves on the boards of Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain, Inc. and the Kappa Sigma Fraternity House Corporation at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is past President of MPIRMC, served 8 years on the MIC of Colorado, and is a past board member of the Men for the Cure Foundation.

Kinsley has spoken at several industry conferences on all aspects of hotel contract negotiation and the hospitality sales process, including the MIC of Colorado; Society of Government Meeting Planners, Colorado Chapter; and MPIRMC. He also guest lectures at the University of Denver and Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Steve has been awarded the MIC of Colorado 2017 Leadership Award, the Chairman’s Award from Associated Luxury Hotels International, and the Planner of the Year Award and the Sandy Gerety Award for Community Involvement by MPIRMC. Steve has also received two Junior Achievement USA Leadership Awards and is immediate past Chairman of the Board of Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain.

Ellen Collins, CMP, HMCC – Senior Manager, Global Group Sales – Vail Resorts For 13 years, Ellen Collins, senior manager of global group sales, has been a matchmaker for memorable mountain meetings and events for Vail Resorts, including the company’s mountain, hospitality and retail divisions. She leads a regional sales team in creating personalized experiences and long-lasting relationships across the company’s portfolio of year-round resorts – Vail, Beaver Creek, Whistler, Breckenridge, Park City, Keystone, Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole. Prior to her position with Vail Resorts, Ellen spent nine years with Loews Denver Hotel as director of sales and marketing. Other sales positions have included Loews Anatole Hotel in Dallas and Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts in Boston. Ellen is an active volunteer with organizations such as Food Bank of the Rockies, Project Angel Heart, and Epic Promise, Vail Resorts’ environmental and corporate social responsibility initiative. Additionally, Ellen is a 24-year member of MPI and she served on their board for many years; she has been an active member of Destination Colorado for nearly 20 years and currently serves on the board; she is an active member of RMPCMA and CSAE.

Gary Schirmacher, CMP Senior Vice President, Industry Presence and Strategic Development With more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and meeting planning industry, Schirmacher leads Experient’s strategic plan development and implementation, as well as industry presence for both Experient and Maritz Travel. He was awarded the company’s highest award, the Pinnacle Award, in 2005, and was inducted into the Colorado Meetings Hall of Fame in 2011 with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as Chairman of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado from 2002-2007, and is a member of PCMA, MPI, ASAE and CSAE. Schirmacher is a Past Chair of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Meetings Industry Fund. Schirmacher is a frequent speaker at major industry meetings and events.

Kristin Hutton, CMP – Director of Catering & Events for Denver Union Station, The Oxford Hotel & the new Maven at Dairy Block. Kristin was part of the Denver Union Station opening team, charged with creating and directing event sales and operations from the ground up. Subsequently, DUS events has executed hundreds of meetings, tours and events since Union Station reopened to the public in July 2014. This year, Kristin’s role was expanded when Sage Hospitality presented an opportunity to create the events programs at the new Maven Hotel and create an in-house program for the Oxford after shedding their third-party vendor. Kristin’s background includes 20+ years in the event and hospitality industry in Denver. She came to Union Station from another historic venue as the Director of Catering and Conference Services at The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa and prior to that the Director of Sales and Marketing for the Kevin Taylor Restaurant Group; overseeing the marketing, public relations and sales efforts for two catering operations at the Denver Art Museum and The Ellie Caulkins Opera House and five fine dining restaurants in Denver, CO. She has served in various event operations, sales and marketing roles for companies such as Richfield Hospitality, Marriott Hotels, Dave & Buster’s, and Disney Regional Entertainment. Kristin is an active member and past president of Meeting Professionals International Rocky Mountain Chapter, past chair of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado, four-time co-chair for Serving Up Hope and current Executive Director of the Downtown Denver Restaurant Group. Kristin also has served on advisory boards for Metro State University Event Planning Curriculum and Colorado Meetings & Events Magazine.

Dean Savoca, M.Ed., BCC, CSP™ Dean Savoca is the performance development partner for leaders who want highly-effective teams that are focused, aligned and inspired. Simply put, he helps leaders coach their people. Dean combines a 12-year career in the hospitality industry with a Master’s Degree in Organizational Performance and Change, and has spent the last 14 years speaking, training and coaching on leadership and development. He helps participants identify the core issues they face daily that impact performance development, people management and team alignment – and rallies them to action, often right there in the room. The result is a better bottom line – boosted by improved performance, higher productivity, and more cohesive teamwork. Dean is a Board Certified Coach, has conducted 10,000 executive coaching sessions, and maintains an active coaching practice. He is also a Certified Speaking Professional™, conferred by the National Speakers Association, and actively involved in several business and industry associations. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Colorado Meeting + Events magazine, and the current Chair of the Meetings Industry Council (MIC) of Colorado.

Moderator Scott Friedman, CSP Scott Friedman is the former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), has written “Celebrate- Lessons Learned from the World’s Most Admired Organizations,” “A Celebration a Day – 365 Ways to a Happier, Healthier Workplace,” and “Happily Ever Laughter- How to Engage Any Audience.” Scott’s main area of expertise is employee innovation, customer experience and using celebration as a strategic tool. Scott is the proud founder of the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado.

Event Pricing: 
Members Student Members Non-Members Non-Member Students
$35 until 8/24/17 $40 until 9/17/17 $50 after 9/17/17 $15 until 9/17/17 $25 after 9/17/17 $55 until 9/17/17 $60 after 9/17/17 $20 until 9/17/17 $30 after 9/17/17


  • Surface Parking is available for guests as well as Underground Parking


a comedy works company
Comedy Works South
5345 Landmark Place Greenwood Village, CO 80111 (720) 274-6866 events@comedyworks.com

The Curtis Ballroom at The Landmark is a flexible event and meeting space that can accommodate any of your event needs. Conveniently located just 15 minutes from downtown Denver, in The Landmark Village, the Curtis Ballroom at The Landmark provides elegance in a beautiful setting. The panoramic view of the Front Range from the attached rooftop patio creates a magical and spectacular backdrop for any special occasion.

With seating for up to 200 guests, a built in dance floor and bar, the Curtis Ballroom is the perfect venue for any event. From in-house audio/visual rentals to custom menus, we are fully equipped to meet and exceed all of your event needs. We customize menus, help create a bar package specific for your event, and provide all of the necessary rentals and staff to execute your perfect event. We also offer other spaces in addition to the Ballroom that can be used for smaller or larger meeting space and/or breakout rooms. From conception to execution, our event coordinators and event staff will make sure your day is flawless.


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MPIRMC is a CMP Preferred Provider. The use of the CMP Preferred Provider Pre-Check logo is not an endorsement by the Event Industry Council of the quality of the session. This logo means that this session has met the criteria to be pre-approved for CMP certification credit. – CMP-IS Domain Professionalism, 1 CE

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